JazzTimes (p.49) - "Hemphill's raw alto and flute are joined by Baikida Carroll, Abdul Wadud and Philip Wilson for a session based in heavy grooves despite the somewhat spare instrumentation."
Personnel: Julius Hemphill (flute, alto saxophone); Abdul Wadud (cello); Baikida E.J. Carroll (trumpet); Philip Wilson (drums).
Audio Mixer: Steve Marlowe.
Liner Note Author: Robert Palmer .
Recording information: Archways Studio, St. Louis, MO (02/1972).
This historic album features four then-unknowns on three lengthy avant-garde explorations that were quite influential not only in St. Louis (where they were recorded) but eventually on such diverse players as altoists Tim Berne and David Sanborn. Julius Hemphill (on alto and flute), trumpeter Baikida Carroll, cellist Abdul Wadud, and drummer Philip Wilson are in superb form, both as soloists and in ensembles where they react instantly to each other. This important music is better to be heard than described. ~ Scott Yanow